Bloomsbury in Bloom

Sunflowers

It’s been a lovely week for flowers. We’ve had a couple of little weddings and some weekly flower orders. The sunflowers are still looking fabulous, and the autumn colours are creeping in.

Autumn shades with callas, nutans, craspedia, scabious heads and crocosmia

50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY FLOWERS AT THE RITZ

5O years
bridal bouquet 1970 and 2020

We received an assignment this week to replicate a bridal bouquet from 1970. Due to the pandemic, some of the flowers were not in stock, but the couple’s daughter was so adamant that this should be as close as possible to the original, she made a trip to the Flower Market to find the missing flowers!

The bouquet contained bright pink roses, stephanotis, white heather and asparagus fern.

These trailing bouquets were popular in the 1970’s. They were made in floral foam, which dates

back to the Fifties, and revolutionised floristry. Beforehand, every flower was wired, or put on a false wire stem so they could be angled. Larger displays were made in moss with a chicken wire cage. This method has returned, as most floral foam is not green enough.

White bridal bouquet

We made this bouquet for a bride today. It’s sad that the rules changed to a maximum of 15 guests this week. The white Akito roses are perfect for petite brides. We used gyp, snowberry and eucalyptus, and hand tied with the roses.

My Garden Office

I am really enjoying working under my garden gazebo. Sadly, it’s mostly paperwork and SEO, but a friend did ask me to make a thank you bouquet this week. We bought a few roses, but everything else was growing in the garden – wallflowers, lemon balm, lavender and myrtle. It smelt wonderful!

Fiddle leaf fig
Alocasia

We supplied these two monster plants to someone this week too. His home will soon be a jungle!

We have a great selection of green plants in our shop in Bloomsbury. You can come and visit and pick a few up.

Garden flowers

Flower Shop in Holborn, central London

Send flowers and make someone smile!

September sunrise

I have a flower shop in Holborn, central London, and I have always taken my inspiration from nature. Never one to read fashion magazines, I’d rather be walking in the countryside or sitting in my garden. I see beauty in natural things. I feel blessed for that, and have never felt under pressure to support an expensive lifestyle, but rather to work with the things I love, regardless of earning lots of money.

This superb sunrise was just a few days ago. I transfer the colours to the flowers I buy and use to make biuquets.

Sunrise bouquets

Food and flowers

i like to experiment with colours as a theme, running through my floral designs and the food I prepare. We had a curry with lots of red chillis, fresh coriander, golden mangoes and earthy bread.

curry wkth fresh mint, turmeric and yoghurt sauce

We have been asked to make several very colourful bouquets this week, as people filter back to work in Holborn. It feels like a reason to celebrate each time another small business reopens its doors, having survived lockdown.

Colourful rainbow bouquet

i have a few summer flowers left in the garden, and the herbs are flowering and seeding. My amazing wallflowers just keep on and on, giving me lovely little mauve flowers to add to my herd posies.

Wallflowers,

sweet pas and lemon balm with mint

Some people are choosing to go ahead with their weddings despite the limit on number of guests. I suppose there will be big parties at a later date.
we made these beautiful flower clusters in vintage bottles for a little wedding.
I love to use herbs such as lemon balm, mint and myrtle with small, dainty blooms.





Vintage flower bottles


Bringing Floral Inspiration from the Countryside to the City.

Windsor Great Park

Lockdown brought a new way of life for me. I have owned Stems of Holborn for 35 years, firstly living in Islington, and then for the past 20 years, living in Old Windsor and commuting to London.

i think most of us push the long commute to the back of our minds, or tell ourselves the job makes it worthwhile. But the truth is, it eats up several precious hours. It’s often crowded and uncomfortable, or in my case, necessitates getting up at 5am.
Having had 5 months free of commuting, I see a quality of life that I want to hang on to. I miss the work, but like many other people, I’m looking for a compromise.

oak tree

Windsor Great Park

I am lucky to live very close to this amazing place where you can walk or cycle for miles. There are some very deserted areas, and others with cafes and play areas. I favour the quieter parts, where I can feel at one with nature. I find the colours and shapes inspirational.

A gift to the Queen

He ground beneath these oaks was strewn with acorns – a feast for the squirrels and wildlife. The dead oak was like a grand sculpture. The cumulo nimbus clouds looked beautiful against all the green, and the remains of Storm Francis provided a lovely breeze.

Flowers for Special Occasions

These beautiful flowers were designed to say Welcome home. We filled an apartment in the Coty with vases of colourful, scented flowers. It was a really summery, romantic selection.

summer bouquet

I love these mauve campanula – graceful and strong, they epitomise English summer flowers.

Back to the City

Schools will reopen after The Bank Holiday Weekend. Offices will reopen in the City. Retail and Hospitality in the City has suffered enormously with the absence of office workers. Hopefully, things will gradually and safely get back to some sort of normality. I think we have all learnt something, or been reminded about quality and preciousness of life during the past few months.

The Carbon Locking Ability of Trees to Fight Climate Change

i heard on the News this evening that the ice that has melted in Antarctica since the 90’s is enough to fill The Grand Canyon. That’s scary.

I work closely with nature, the outdoors is my favourite place to be, and I love trees especially. When I look at a tree, I see strength, tenacity, history, a safe place, a life giving force….

Oak Trees

Oak trees and climate change#oak #oaktrees #climatechange #carbonemissions #globalwarming #gallwasps #ink #medicine #naturalmedicine #nature #healing #acorn

Posted by Stems of Holborn on Friday, August 7, 2020
rainbow bouquet

Rainbow colours are a popular choice for summer bouquets. It adds a fun, informal element.

Summery pinks and purples

Summery pinks and purples are also in high demand. I love the strong cerise with purple. Wrapped in brown paper and tied with a raffia bow, this hand tied bouquet is ready to pop into a vase.

I love making posies from my home grown flowers. I grow lavender, lemon balm, myrtle, wallflowers, mint and oregano. The sweet peas are just about finished, but I have a beautiful, deep purple buddleia which the butterflies love. It seems that the number of butterflies has overtaken the number of planes this summer!

We have yet another order for flowers for a marriage proposal this week. I think 2021 will be a mega busy year for weddings – and holidays abroad!